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into session sunday evening. house majority leader eric cantor is telling his members to be prepared to work through january 2nd. both sides are still far apart on taxes and spending cuts. harry reid says prospect deals by monday are unlikely. minority leader mitch mcconnell says there's still time for an agreement. >> republicans aren't likely to sign a blank check just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. that wouldn't be fair to the american people. >> now, a new reuters poll shows americans blame republicans more than democrats or president obama for the fiscal crisis. and when asked who they held more response, 27% said the gop, 6% pointed to the dems and 30% said all of the above. for more on this, we're joined by christian schultz from barronberg bank. welcome. so we're going over the fiscal cliff. >> well, the consumer confidenc already be over the cliff in terms of confidence already. that might already be the first impact of the crisis of -- not of the crisis, but yes of the fiscal cliff. it seems we have this moment where this animal goes over the cliff, all limbs a
gop leaders who voted no including the majority leader, eric cantor. the senate passed the measure early tuesday morning. and the bill raises tax rates for families making more than $450,000 a year, let the payroll tax cut expire, with delays automatic government and military spending cuts by two months. speaking after the house vote, the president thanked congress for approving the deal. >> the sum total of all the budget agreements we've reached so far proves that there is a path forward. that it is possible. if we focus not on our politics but let's -- on what's right for the country. and the one thing that i think hopefully in the new year we'll focus on is see figure we can put a package like this together with a little bit less drama, a little less brinksmanship, not scare the heck out of folks quite as much. >> the bill does set up the next fight in around two months when the spending cuts are set to take effect and the u.s. hits the debt ceiling. treasury secretary geithner's trying to take steps to delay that date by halting investment in two government worker pension fund
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